Thirty-five years ago, Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman wanted to inspire the world about exploring the solar system. In October 1980 they created the Planetary Society, an organization that could garner public support, spread the word about science and technology, and perhaps even advocate for them to both the populace and their government.
It also features three friends of mine: Bill Nye, Neil Tyson, and Emily Lakdawalla. All three have done more than their fair share of getting public excited about all exploration.
I’m a big fan of the Planetary Society. Their advocacy has been crucial in getting NASA planetary science funded, and the work they do has exposed millions of people to the wonder and joy of our solar system.
Happy 35th. May you have as many anniversaries as there are worlds to explore.